Southwest Airlines, passengers claim different causes for cancellations

Southwest canceled nearly 2,000 flights nationwide, or 28% of its schedule.

HOUSTON — Southwest Airlines customers at Houston airports and across the country are experiencing a large number of cancellations this weekend.

The airline said in a Facebook post that due to air traffic control issues and disruptive weather that a large number of flights would be canceled across the U.S.

Some passengers said they were told the airline’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is to blame for a massive walkout, which led to the cancellations.

Customers who were affected by cancelations were asked to rebook their flights by visiting Southwest’s website.

Flight cancellations

Houston Airports reported at least 136 Southwest flights were canceled at Hobby Airport over the weekend, including 86 flights on Sunday, according to Flight Aware.

Southwest had five cancelations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Sunday.

Southwest canceled almost 2,000 flights nationwide, or 28% of its schedule, as of 1 p.m Sunday, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

The cancellations mark the highest rate by far of other major U.S. airlines.

The next in line are Allegiant and Spirit, both of which have canceled 5% and 4% of their flights, respectively, on Sunday, according to the flight tracker. American Airlines canceled 2% of its flights.

You can track cancellations on arrivals and departures from Hobby Airport on the website. Here’s where you can track delays on arrivals and departures from Bush.

Written by KHOU 11 Staff, Brittany Ford, Alexia Carrasco

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